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Sky View Observatory

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Address: 701 Fifth Ave, 73rd floor, Columbia Center, Seattle, WA 98104 (Formerly Bank of America Tower)
Phone Number: 206-386-5564
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eye in the sky

The space needle is everything you would expect. We had dinner up there as well so the ride up was free with a $35 meal.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
lisa w
Sidney, Canada

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Sidney, Canada
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The space needle is everything you would expect. We had dinner up there as well so the ride up was free with a $35 meal.

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Gold Coast
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199 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We enjoyed our visit to the Sky View Observatory to see the views of Seattle and surrounds and to take some lovely photos. The photo, with superimposed backdrop, that you can get free of extra charge from your visit was a nice touch although a bit odd that we were there during the day and the backdrop was a night... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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211 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The view on a clear day is amazing. The staff give a good introduction on the way up to the top. There is an extensive gift shop as you exit the elevator.

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Chesterfield, Missouri
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115 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My brother insisted we go here vs. the Space Needle and I'm honestly glad we did. I would have liked to go up in the Space Needle because it is more iconic, but I do believe you have a better view from the Sky View Observatory. It was not at all crowded (but then again this was a Monday morning),... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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154 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was lucky and managed to get a not-too-cloudy February morning. The views were spectacular. There are lots of information signs along with walls to help you figure out what you are looking at. There was no crowd at all, plenty of sitting space. I was able to see Mount Rainier! There is a cafe on site, however even at... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Sky View Observatory is by far taller than Space Needle but doesn't mean it replaces it. After riding up 2 separate elevators, you get an amazing treat to an almost 360 degrees view (almost because one portion is not reachable). However, unlike Space needle, there's no open air section so you don't feel the wind and the realism that you're... More 

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Sherwood, Arkansas
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to visit here instead of the Space Needle because I had heard about all the "barriers" to work around while trying to get good photos at the needle. So glad we did! There was no wait to go up, no wait to get in, and the views were just magnificent. We got some great photos and even stayed... More 

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San Diego, California
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Plan ahead. Tickets have specific time for trip up to the observatory, so you might want to get your tickets before going to the other Seattle Center sites (Chihuly Gardens, Music Experience, etc). Always very crowded around sunset. If you are going to see the sunset, Get there early!

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Lake Worth, Florida
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The price was reasonable at $14.50 pp, but we got a Groupon and saved more than half price. The view is really amazing, from every angle.

1 Thank LBaer59
Monterrey, Mexico
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47 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This sky view is perfect to see Seattle, on a sunny day it could be perfect, there is a place to eat sandwiches and drinks, you can take pictures and stay as long as you want, less people go there than to the space needle but this is tallest :)

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